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miner thumb medium90 104ANA reports that the 2018 Mining Indaba kicked off in Cape Town on Monday with issues of health and safety in the mining industry firmly in the minds of delegates.  

The day marks exactly two years since three workers were killed after being trapped underground at Vantage Gold’s Lily Mine in Barberton.  The three bodies remain underground despite Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant saying late last year that the container in which the workers were trapped in February 2016 was likely to be retrieved by January 2018.  Safety at mines also came into sharp focus last week when more than 950 workers were trapped for two nights at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix gold mine.  Speaking on the sidelines of the indaba, Chamber of Mines CE Roger Baxter said that the industry’s efforts were being led by its “Zero Harm” programme chaired by Anglo American Platinum CEO, Chris Griffith.  Indicating that the industry was taking the safety drive very seriously, Baxter went on to say:  “There is a lot of work (being) done on critical controls, lots of work being done on seismicity, one of the big areas where we saw improvement based on the numbers we have.  So there is a huge amount of senior leadership focused on safety issues.  And then we have a mine occupational safety and health learning hub in the Chamber to try to reduce fatalities in the industry.”

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